Hey kiddo!

Oh boy, what a week it’s been. I’ll apologize in advance, as this email is going to be fairly stream of consciousness. So much has happened in the last 7 days I can barely wrap my head around it.

For those that missed it, on Wednesday I played my very first show, and it just happened to be in front of about 300 people and opening for the legendary, and my inspiration / reason for existing, Carpenter Brut. They say “Don’t meet your heroes.” Well, I opened for mine. What a strange world I’ve found myself in.

Before we get too far down that path though, I want to get some news out of the way: I’m about to launch the Super Awesome Supports Club (Better Name Pending). So if you’ve ever paid more than my asking price for anything, keep your eyes out for an email. I’ve got a sneak peak for you.

OK, so. Carpenter Brut. Live shows…where to start.

This whole thing started as a stupid idea in the shower (That’s where I have my stupidest ideas). After chastising Bram Van Cauter (Of Night Stalker fame) for even considering NOT playing the show when he was asked to open for Carpenter Brut, I figured it was fairly hypocritical of me to not try to do the same thing.

I had literally nothing worked out on how to play a show. I hadn’t even played some of these parts in two years. But I sent off a message (several messages, actually) to the show promoters and started trying to figure things out. It took them three or four days to get back to me, but by the time they said yes, I was already started down the path of getting a live set up going.

I won’t get into the the super technical details (feel free to ask, if you care) but to put on the show how I wanted, I needed to buy some gear and figure some things out. Because of your wonderful support, I was able to but a new audio interface that gave me the 8 outputs I needed to make the show sound as good as possible. I can’t tell you how much that means to me. The show sounded as good as it did because of YOU. Yeah, go ahead and take credit for that, cause you deserve it. Oh, AND the drum sampler, that’s on you too. Perfect, latency free drum sounds because of YOU. Thanks for that.

Several practices and a lot of hand-wringing later, the day of the show arrived. I used a vacation day so I could give my full attention to prepping the show. I’m really glad I did, cause I still had to pull all the merch stuff together.

The final signage turned out quite nicely:

This is getting long, so I’ll tell the rest of the story later. But here’s the take away:

1. This all happened because of your amazing support.
2. The video is being edited now, and I will have it out ASAP.
3. You are awesome. Keep being awesome.

Oh, and if you’re new to the list (Hello Brut fans!) WELCOME TO THE FAMILY! We’re glad to have you here.

See you again soon!
Vlad, your Vampire Step-Dad